Our Team

Board of Directors

Calvin Hui – Chairman
Calvin enjoys his involvement with Minds Matter because the organization positively impacts the lives of Chicago students. Calvin graduated from Duke University with degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. He works at DRW Trading Group, a proprietary trading firm, where he currently trades Agricultural products.

Lisa Souter – Director
Lisa joined Minds Matter in 1998 as a mentor/team leader in New York. She now serves as the Chairman of the Chicago chapter. Her strong belief in the mission of Minds Matter prompted her to co-found the Boston and Chicago chapters. Lisa received her BS/BA from Georgetown University and MBA from Harvard University.

P. Barton DeLacy – Director
Barton is Managing Director and National Practice Leader for Corporate Valuation Consulting at Cushman & Wakefield, New York based international real estate services firm. DeLacy comes to Chicago from Portland, OR, where he was active on community and non-profit boards. He continues to serve as Trustee on the Board of the Abbey Foundation of Mt. Angel, OR. Aside from holding the professional appraisal designation, MAI, he has been elected to the Counselors of Real Estate and earned a Masters in Urban Planning. Barton and his wife Mary Mike have four grown children.

Randy Wagner – Director
Randy Wagner joined the board of Minds Matter to make a contribution at the end of 2008. Her focus is optimizing our communication, leveraging her marketing experience as former Chief Marketing Officer for Orbitz Worldwide, EVP at Leo Burnett, and Corporate VP of Strategic Global Branding for McDonald’s, where she was part of the leadership team that galvanized the brand’s turnaround. Prior to moving to Chicago, she contributed to building brands for a wide range of companies including Citibank, Chrysler, American Express, Exxon, Campbell Soup and Colgate-Palmolive.

Sean Moran – Director
Sean joined the Minds Matter board in 2011. He grew up in the local area and has been involved in the Chicago community through organizations such as Generation Tech Mentors and Ladder Up. Professionally, Sean has spent his career consulting for ZS Associates, taking on clients’ growth and strategic marketing challenges across a wide range of industries. He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Bill Malczyk – Treasurer
Bill Malczyk has been involved with the Chicago Chapter of Minds Matter as a board member since 2012. He believes strongly in the mission of Minds Matter and the difference it can make in the lives of the Mentees. He is a Managing Director in the restructuring practice at Ernst & Young where he advises clients on risk and strategy. Bill grew up and currently lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.

Trish Gyorey – Director

Paul Zajac – Director

Management Team

Members of our Management Team oversee each functional area of the organization.

Tom Siebert – President
Tom has been with Minds Matter of Chicago for six years in a variety of roles. His favorite part of the organization is the measurable success of the students involved and the passion of Minds Matter’s dedicated volunteers. Tom graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and works in the Strategy and Operations practice at Deloitte Consulting.

Libby Peters – Vice President
Libby has volunteered with Minds Matter since 2009 as a mentor and as a team leader. She loves working with smart, motivated high school students who are dreaming big despite some challenging circumstances. Libby graduated from Yale University with a BA in Psychology, and received her JD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Libby is an employment and commercial litigation attorney at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

Aaron Brown – Co-Director of Senior Program
Aaron has been involved with Minds Matter since 2007 when he joined as a mentor in the New York chapter. He enjoys his involvement because he gets to work one-on-one with amazing students and help them realize their full potential. Aaron received his BA in economics from the University of Chicago and is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant at The Cambridge Group.

Clara Tse – Co-Director of Senior Program
Clara Tse joined Minds Matter after learning about this organization from a friend who mentors at the New York chapter. She has served as both mentor and Alumni Director and is now Co-Director of the Senior Program. She graduated from Northwestern University and received her Master in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She currently works at a healthcare consulting firm, specializing in revenue cycle improvement.

Jeffrey Dillon – Co-Director of Test Preparation
Jeffrey has been a volunteer with Minds Matter since our first year in 2006. He has served as a mentor as well as Co-Director of Test Prep. He has really enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know every student who has passed through our chapter given his role with test prep. A highlight for him is having the chance every week to show the students new ways to approach problems that have challenged them in the past and see their satisfaction when the concept clicks. Jeffrey graduated from Miami University where he majored in Business Statistics and received his JD from Loyola University Chicago. He currently works at HSBC.

Andrew Yeager – Co-Director of Test Preparation

Alyse Kowalick – Co-Director of Fundraising
Alyse joined the Minds Matter management team in 2013 and continues to work with students in the test prep program. She strongly believes in the direct impact the organization has on our students’ character and academic prowess. She earned her BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and currently works in consulting at The Cambridge Group.

Chase Keane – Co-Director of Finance
Chase joined Minds Matter in 2009 as a mentor. After his mentee left for college, he became a team leader and later a Co-Director of Finance in early 2013. He graduated from the Miami University majoring in Accounting and currently works at Guggenheim Partners.

Chris Matz – Co-Director of Mentees / Co-Director of Finance
Chris has been a volunteer with Minds Matter since 2010. He continues to serve as a mentor and has recently taken the position of Co-Director of Mentors and Co-Director of Finance. He is passionate about the mission of Minds Matter as well as the direct impact that the organization has on the students involved. A personal highlight for him is to see the students progress and develop academically as well as seeing their personalities develop and unfold week by week. Chris graduated from Northern Illinois University where he majored in Marketing. He currently works in commercial banking with MB Financial.

Victoria Stroz – Co-Director of Mentees
Victoria is thrilled to join the Chicago chapter of Minds Matter! Prior to her move to Chicago in 2012, Victoria volunteered with Minds Matter New York for three years. As a mentor, she worked with one student through his high school graduation, and then joined the Executive Committee, as the Co-Director of Recruitment and Retention. Victoria currently works at the University of Chicago in Career Advancement. In this role, Victoria advises students with career interests in Asset Management, Sales & Trading and Investment Banking. Prior to joining Career Advancement, Victoria worked as a campus recruiter within J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, recruiting interns at the Analyst and Associate level for positions in Investment Banking and Sales & Trading. Victoria earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Villanova University. In her spare time Victoria enjoys exploring the Chicago food scene and skiing wherever she can find mountains and snow!

Katelyn Necastro – Co-Director of Mentees
Katelyn joined the organization in Fall of 2012 as a mentor. She’s loved working with the passionate individuals that make the Chicago organization thrive: Mentees, Mentors, Team Leads, and Directors alike. Katelyn received her Bachelor’s from DePaul University with a dual degree in Psychology and Spanish. Currently she is working in Account Management for ComPsych.

Kristen Siebert – Co-Director of Mentors

Laila Chen – Co-Director of Mentors
Laila joined Minds Matter as a mentor in 2009. After seeing her mentee graduate high school and move onto college, Laila joined the executive board in 2012. Laila is currently an Account Supervisor at Lunchbox, a digital shopper marketing agency based out of Los Angeles. She graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Political Science.

Liz Coffey – Co-Director of Public Relations
Liz joined the management team in 2013 after hearing some of the program’s success stories from a colleague. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame where she studied American Studies and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Liz currently works in management communications for McDonald’s Corporation.

Lauren Cooney – Director of Marketing
Lauren is the Director of Marketing for Minds Matter. She joined the organization in 2013 because she wanted to get involved in the community and work with high school students. She currently works at Heitman, a real estate investment management firm, as an Associate in Client Service and Marketing. Lauren graduated from DePaul University in 2007 with a BA in Political Science and Journalism.

Justin Chiles – Director of Technology
Justin has been involved with Minds Matter since 2010 and recently saw his mentee of three years head off to college. One of his favorite aspects of Minds Matter is the focus on critical thinking and writing skills. A graduate of Princeton University, Justin currently works for WyzAnt Tutoring, a startup that connects students with local tutors.

Matt Cramer – Co-Director of Summer Programs
Matt joined Minds Matter in 2012 and served as a mentor during the 2012-2013 school year. During his stint as a mentor, Matt saw the strong, tangible impact that Minds Matter has on each and every student that comes through the program. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 and currently works as a management consultant for the financial services industry at Booz & Company.

Jane Lai – Co-Director of Summer Programs
Jane joined Minds Matter in 2008 as a mentor in New York, after learning about the tremendous impact of the organization from a friend; she has since also been involved as a team leader before joining the management team in 2013. Jane received her BS in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business while working in Organization & Leadership Development at Nielsen.

Jennifer Walker – Co-Director of Summer Programs
Jennifer joined Minds Matter as a mentor in 2011. After her mentee graduated and went on to college, she took on a new role as a Co-Director of Summer Programs in 2013. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Economics from Arizona State University. Currently she is working as a Financial Analyst for Morningstar.

Aisat Sherrod – Director of Mentee Recruitment
Aisat joined Minds Matter as a Team Lead in 2012 for the Chicago chapter. As someone who benefited from programs like Minds Matter Aisat wanted to give back to the schools and communities in which she grew up. Aisat graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor’s in Psychology (Human Services) and went on to get her Master’s in Human Resources from Loyola University Chicago.

Zach Grossman – Co-Director of Fundraising
Zach joined Minds Matter as a mentor in the fall of 2011, and added the Associate Board the next year. He is consistently impressed by how dedicated, thoughtful, and ultimately successful each mentee is after completing the Minds Matter program, and is excited to help further the opportunities of current and future students. Zach graduated from Williams College in 2007 with a dual degree in Mathematics and Economics, and is a Risk Manager at DRW Trading Group.

Yezi Peng – Co-Director of Fundraising
Yezi joined Minds Matter in 2012 as an Associate Board member and became a Co-Director of Fundraising in 2014. She graduated from University of Michigan with a BBA and BS in Neuroscience and currently works at Madison Dearborn Partners.

Associate Board

The Associate Board oversees the fundraising efforts of Minds Matter of Chicago and is comprised of three committees: Corporate Sponsorship, Event Planning and Individual Fundraising.

Kara Abernethy
Dave Coghlan
Michael DeComo
Denise Ellison
Rosie Fischl
Mike Harrington
Kyle Hoff
LeeAnn Irwin
Sara Jaszkowski
Alex Kain
Michael Lim
Eniola Ogunmola
Thomas Paras
Nick Petruska
Nicole Salaber
Zack Shaftal
Raj Sheth
Chris Smith
Courtney Smith
Emily Spitz
Alex Vander Linde
Leeda Wang
Anna Yang
Amy Zheng

Test Prep Volunteers

Dan Allen
Trisha Bakshi
Nihar Bhupalam
Kate Hui
Alyse Kowalick
Riya Penn
Betty Sharples
Sean Shiels
Emilie Syberg
Margaret Titley
Adrienne Yeager

Communications Team

Katy Broom
Adam Mesirow